Some of the good Lord's work is found in The Epistle of Jeremiah:
1. God repay for good and evil deeds.
2. The Lord has the power to raise up a king and to remove one.
3. He gives money and wealth.
4. The good Lord seeks payment from those who make a vow to Him.
5. The Lord delivers men from death.
6. He rescues the weak from the strong.
7. The good Lord restores the sight of a blind man.
8. He rescues people in distress and delivers anyone in trouble.
9. He shows mercy to widows and does good to the orphan.
10. The good Lord does not put those who serve Him to shame.
11. God saves from wars and calamities.
12. The Lord raises up a king for a country.
13. He gives mankind rain.
14. God decides a case and helps one who is wronged.
15. He offers resistance against a king or in a war.
16. He saves people and properties from thieves and robbers.
17. The sun, moon, and stars shine brightly and are sent for useful purpose as they obey God.
18. God commands "the clouds to travel across the whole earth", and He sends fire fro above to consume mountains and forests.
19. God sends signs from heaven to the gentiles.
For several days (at least the last two days), the Iranian people have been demonstrating in the streets in several Iranian cities demanding the resignation of the President of Iran and the Supreme Leader of that country. Police and other law enforcement Iranian agencies began capturing the demonstrators in groups and arresting them. This situation is developing fast.
The Congress has passed a new tax bill last week and President Trump signed into law. An unintended consequence of the new tax bill are the charitable contributions. Since the new taxes have doubled individual deductions, fewer of us will be itemizing. Thus, all charitable contributions are no longer affecting what people eventually pay as taxes. This would affect those who gave charity solely for the purpose of reducing their tax burden. (Of course, for those who gave for the sake of helping others, this should not affect them.) I hope that many of us are of the latter category. Regardless, the new tax bill is going to lower charitable contributions overall, and that means those who depended on charitable contributions will be in a worse situation. Unless, the businesses that received a 14 percentage point reduction in their tax burden allocate some of this extra money to charity. May be I am dreaming, but sometimes dreams do come true.
The story of the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem is found in Jeremiah 52:10-20. In this account, prophet Jeremiah tells us that the captain of the guard, Nebuzaradan, who served the king of Babylon arrived to Jerusalem "in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month" and burned the house of the Lord and destroyed it and took its items with him back to Babylon. This was done when Zedekiah was the king of Israel.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. You shall not bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, recompensing the sins of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me; but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed it.
Honor your father and mother that it may be well with you, and your days may be long upon the good land the Lord your God is giving you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his house, and neither shall you covet his field, nor his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, any of his cattle, or whatever belongs to your neighbor."
Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)
Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)
Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)
Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)
Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)
Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)
Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)
The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)
Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)
The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)
The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)
The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)
The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)
The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)
The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)
The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)
The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)
The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)
The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)
The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)
The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)
The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)
The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)
The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)
The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)
The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)
The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)
The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)
The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)
The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)
The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)
The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)
The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)
The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)
The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)
The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)
The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)
The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)
The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)
The Book of Haggai (520 BC)
The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)
The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)
The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)
The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)
The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)
The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)
The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)
The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)
The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)
The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)
The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)
The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)
The Book of John (John) (96 AD)
The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)
The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)
The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)
The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)
The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)
The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)
The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)
The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)
The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)
The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)
The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)
The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)
The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)
The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)
The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)
The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)
The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)
The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)
The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)
The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)
The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)
The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)
The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)
March 31, 2014 (Pass)-59.5
September 30, 2017 (Pass)-62 March 31, 2019-63.5 September 30, 2020-65 May 31, 2021-65.67 November 30, 2021-66.17* May 31, 2022-66.67 December 31, 2022-67.25 May 31, 2023-67.67 December 31, 2023-68.25 May 31, 2024-68.67 December 31, 2024-69.25 May 31, 2025-69.67
September 30, 2025-70 December 31, 2025-70.25 May 31, 2026-70.67